You Inspire Me with Marie Anita

What a beautiful creative being, this weeks lovely lady is an organic food lover, supporter of local farmers and artisans, a food blogger, fitness devotee and the owner of Marie Anita’s Gluten Free Café! Im also lucky enough to call her my client!

Today I wanted to share with you this special being. If you live on the beautiful Gold Coast, you must if you haven’t already done so, visit Marie’s gorgeous cafe, you will not be disappointed.

I know after you read our interview you will see why Its at the top of my favourite places to visit.

Describe yourself in one sentence This is hard… sensitive, motivated, creative, whimsical, confident, reflective, dedicated, scrupulous, passionate. Does this count as one sentence?

Hehe I’ll take it as one, its hard one when you are super woman! As you know, I absolutely adore your café, and you can really tell that it comes from your heart, I love it. You definitely stand out above the rest; what is your motivation to get up and do what you do every day? Food and wellness is pretty much my life. If I wasn’t at my café I would be cooking, feeding people, sourcing food or truly indulging in the wellness that these things have given me. My life is so intertwined in the inspiration of the café that even the days where I enjoy the space away, I miss the resources and creative avenue it gives me. My favourite things; the inventiveness, the flexibility, the nourishment and the amazing people that walk in the doors every day.

I love that, you are a very passionate being, so what are the kinds of things that inspire you? And who do you admire or find inspiration in? I am inspired by the truly simple things in life; the things that give life true meaning. Handpicked vegetables, fresh and crisp, inspire nourishment and loveliness. The amazing people I have surrounding me inspire me to care for and provide an avenue to real and honest foods. Farmers actually inspire me. A local supplier with her real, worked hands who attends the markets rain, hail or shine with many years on me and such boundless energy. I am always inspired seeing what others can create in their own passion and ability, so different from mine, but whatever stage of their journey, creating something unique. Also, the future always inspires me.

And on the coast, how lucky are we to have such a choice of farmers produce, and the opportunity to chat to them at the markets every weekend. So what or who was it that inspired you to create Maries Gluten Free Café; to help others nourish their bodies better ? Another toughie! One of the first and most ‘path-changing’ impacts upon my journey happened when I was about 2/3 through my business degree majoring in marketing. I have always been a big believer that some doors will open and some will close… At this stage some began to close. The timing was odd. I had a superior in a work experience position and my mentor both share with me challenges in their marketing careers relating to restrictions or lack of opportunity. All the meanwhile my persistent attempts to gain work experience or a low level marketing role over 2 years were not ‘opening any doors’. After some soul searching I realised that being bound in a large organisation waiting for approval to do my job and struggling to prove my ability was not what inspired me. I wanted to do it all now so I decided to start my own unclear journey.

The other influence that is not so hard-hitting but really fired me up was my position in a local Burleigh Heads farmers market for about 14 months. Watching and meeting people whom shared a passion for organic, real, nourishing food and seeing them succeed and share their creation was a huge influence. The amazing space known as LOHAS brought together some amazing artisans, farmers and creators whom I have learnt and appreciated so much from.

Amazing how you feel it in your soul when you find your purpose in life – What was your wake up call or ‘aha’ moment that you realised you had to make a change or that you wanted to create this change in the world around you? I am not really an ‘aha’ person. I have some small aha moments but the bigger things in life are normally stirring somewhere in the background or I just wake up one morning and know that’s the next step to take; a feeling of direction. It’s not like a light bulb turning on but more a logical knowing that that is where I will be in a month, a year, whenever I plan it to be.

I know that you have just recently started a blog spot too, can you tell us a little more about this, why you created it etc? Although the café menu is what I consider ‘me on paper’, the way I eat on a day-to-day basis is a bit more meticulous. I have always wanted to share with people, whilst not restricting their options such as on a menu, what works for me outside the walls of my café. I thrive on what I see as a nutrient dense way of eating which is organic, gluten free and grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and high raw. The food I eat is scrumptious, wholesome and beautiful and to share with people how normal nutritious eating is, is a pleasure. My small, humble, work-in-progress blog, gives me a means to do this.

Self Love such a powerful and important part of being successful, what would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself

  • My ability to undoubtedly see myself being and doing what I aspire to. This gift was given to me by my mother’s encouragement that I could achieve anything. A form of faith and knowing.

  • Confidence; such a fundamental building block

  • The blessings and abilities I have been given

What would you say has been your biggest achievement, personal hurdle or a health challenge that you have had? And How has it changed you, helped you to grow? My biggest personal hurdle is interesting, as it has led to my biggest achievement (there may be a lesson in that!). There is that crucial step from having an idea and drive to physically and presently creating something. There are not only physical barriers and challenges but also many emotional and spiritual challenges. For me, to have the absolution and faith that I was capable to open, run and have success in a venture that I had no experience, to that level, was a big leap. I was always concerned too whether I would have the support and faith of my peers and employees as I am younger than most of them! It is just a lesson to trust your uniqueness and your interpretation and believe that people will be attracted to passion and honesty. The last year has been super rewarding and I feel so blessed for my experiences. There have been so many steep learning curves, wisdom and understanding that has been gained and a new level of knowing myself. And again, very blessed

What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges, hardships or lacking self belief in following their dreams? What do you think has helped you when you have doubted your ability?

* What you create is yours and no one will do it quite like you. Make something yours

* What you create and what is yours is not someone else’s so do not compare it to someone else’ Appreciate differences and the journey that makes them different

* Be different and unique. Although if it is in business, it should still be sensible

* Do not falter or loose faith. Take the plunge in each of its stages. Every experience shapes us and if you love yourself you appreciate your experiences

Do you believe that the mind, body and soul play a big part in living a healthy life? If so how do you nurture these? Everything is intertwined! I love to rant on and on about this. Positivity, motivation and love always play integral parts in making everything work but I always look the other way around, more so how does a healthy lifestyle keep my mind, body and soul happy. As long as there are no personal difficulties that are cramping your happiness I 100% feel that my motivation, happiness, love of life and physical health come from my diet. If my diet is lacking that is when I will have a down day and that is when my soul and mind will suffer. Biggest lesson to learn is that is all about gut health and mindset and emotional health is directly affected by the nutrition we are able to absorb through our guts J Start with diet and end up with absolute passion for every beautiful day

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation?

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” (Unknown)

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Thank you Marie, Its been an absolute joy having you as part of my “You Inspire Me’ series, now I know you love creating amazing food and recipes, do you have a favourite, one you could share with us?

Generally I do not eat legumes, not o fit into a label but because I listen to my body. I find most legumes difficult to digest and sometimes bloating. I therefore choose to opt for other, easier-to-digest, alternatives. I do not suffer from an intolerance but my body does not appreciate legumes and it does love healthy fats and proteins. I have a low carb diet, with the exception of fruit, which helps me to listen to my body, curb cravings and always feel super satisfied with all my good fats! Happy lady over here!

With all this is mind, I do still miss hummus! Along side an almond hummus, I adore a carrot hummus. It is still filling with the beautiful almonds and tahini but definitely not as heavy as a chickpea hummus. Works perfect for a light snack or a picnic where you don’t what to fill up on dip.

This scrumptious dip also provides a nice little iron boost assisted by the vitamin C in the lemons. Carrots also contain vitamin C and are super high in vitamin A where 1 medium carrot can provide 210% of a person’s required intake of vitamin A for the day. Just a little reminder that our lovely orange coloured carrots are high in beta-carotene which is a pre-cursor for and also converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A loves our skin, our eyes and our immune system

Please use quality organic ingredients and support local

  • 4 large carrots, peeled

  • 1/2 cup almonds

  • 1/2 cup raw tahini

  • 1/3 cup cold-pressed olive oil

  • Juice of 1-2 lemons, depending on size

  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ground

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • Handful fresh coriander

  • 2-3 cloves garlic

  • Water to loosen dip


Place carrots in a food processor and process until the carrot becomes very fine

Add in the remaining ingredients and process until well combined, smooth and creamy

If needed, add a splash of water to help loosen your dip and make it creamy. Too easy!

Recipe note; I absolutely love lemon, so I opt to add 2 big juicy lemons!! I can sometimes also overdo this … so feel free to add 1 lemon and a splash of water to help loosen the dip and make it creamy. Enjoy!

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{My personal opinions and journey should not be mistaken for professional medical or healthcare advice}